Hope Starts Here

Domestic Violence affects us all; a catch phrase often heard and too 

often ignored.  In the last three years, domestic violence assaults have increased by 60 percent in the Seattle area.*  One in four women and one in seven men have been assaulted by an intimate partner.*  Regardless of your socio-economic status; race or background, Domestic Violence goes across all barriers. 

Prevention starts with help and help starts with LifeWire.

Author and former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper will deliver the keynote address at LifeWire’s annual Hope Starts Here Breakfast on Thursday, October 10th at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center with Susannah Frame of KING 5 News and former Attorney General Rob McKenna.  Norm will discuss his life as an officer, the challenges law enforcement face in Domestic Violence situations, and the path forward to making sure that those affected never feel the silence of being alone.  He has dedicated his life to giving back through his actions, his words and his convictions.

“Throughout my cop career I championed the cause of domestic violence as law enforcement’s top priority — ahead of homicide, robbery, even domestic terrorism.  Why? Because violence in the home (spousal assault, child and elder abuse) is arguably the antecedent for all other forms of violence in our society.”  Norm Stamper, Domestic Violence: Time to Man Up

LifeWire success story, University Student and victim’s right advocate Kahley will share her story of hope, survival and redemption.  Against the odds, she did not allow herself to live in the shadows of what could have been.  Kahley understood early on that she could be defined as a victim of circumstance or she could be defined as someone who faces the abyss of destruction and reached out for help and won. 

LifeWire will be honoring Brinette Rounds and Oak Street Law Group, PLLC as Corporate Partner of the Year.  Brinette; Attorney, Mother, and LifeWire Board Member, will share her experience and path of knowing that it is in giving that we receive.  It is in that gratitude of giving, often anonymously, without award or merit, that Brinette has helped LifeWire achieve the success of assisting thousands of victims of domestic violence.  It isn’t just a cause of helping others, it has become a way of life and LifeWire is proud of the amazing impact Brinette and Oak Street Law Group, PLLC has made advocating for those who suffer in silence. 

LifeWire will also be honoring Berntson Porter & Company, PLLC as Volunteer Team of the Year for their tireless volunteer work helping the families and children at LifeWire. 

LifeWire isn’t just about definitions.   It is a path forward giving hope to those in need.

LifeWire is the largest provider of comprehensive domestic violence services and confidential shelter in Washington State, and is a nationally recognized leader in the field. Since 1982, LifeWire has been a lifeline for more than 122,000 victims and their children, offering safety, shelter, support, education and prevention services.  LifeWire assists people with meeting their needs for safety, critical human services, advocacy, shelter, homelessness prevention and housing stability helping them become self-sufficient.  For more information on LifeWire and its services, call 425-562-8840.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Register to attend the Hope Starts Here Breakfast at www.lifewire.org

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, call LifeWire’s 24- Hour Help Line at 425-746-1940 or 1-800-827-8840. To learn more about domestic violence, visit LifeWire at www.lifewire.org

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